Two men are behind bars after two separate theft cases early Thursday morning in Middletown.
Just after 1 a.m., police observed a man acting suspicious behind a building at Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard.
Officers found William Peterson in possession of a pair of channel lock pliers and his backpack contained numerous pieces of recently cut copper pipes. Officers checked area businesses and found numerous AC units copper pipes had been recently cut.
Peterson was transported to Middletown City Jail and booked for theft, possession of criminal tools, criminal trespass, criminal damaging and criminal mischief. He remains in jail on a $12,000 bond.
Just before 4 a.m., police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Lafayette Avenue on a report of a man burglarizing a home. On arrival officers found evidence of forced entry to the front door, and located Kevin Wooddell standing in the corner of one of the bedrooms.
Wooddell was taken into custody. He is also under investigating for a separate burglary. He was taken to the Middletown City Jail and charged with burglary and receiving stolen property from an unrelated burglary.
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